Summer Law School

At the 21st Annual School of Law and Justice Summer Law School (December 2018 - January 2019), students will be given the opportunity to enrol in exciting and academically rigorous units at the beautiful Gold Coast campus and at the SAE Byron Bay Campus.

Delivered by internationally recognised experts in their field, this year's suite of units continue the Summer School tradition of offering niche and non-mainstream subjects as part of an exciting and academically rigorous program.

The Summer Law School is ideal for students, lawyers, industry professionals, senior administrators and those requiring knowledge and understanding from the units on offer. Cross-institutional, non-award and international students are particularly welcome.

Legal and other professional practitioners may be eligible for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

Please contact the School of Law and Justice for more information:

Cross Institutional enrolments

Non-Award enrolments

Current SCU students can enrol at

Mooting (LAW10288)

Intensive dates: 28 November - 1 December 2018

Time: 9.30am - 1.30pm

Location: Gold Coast campus 


This unit instills students with the legal research and advocacy expertise needed to compete in mooting competitions, honing skills needed to practice and succeed in the practice of law. Gain expertise in analysing a hypothetical legal problem; teamwork; written submissions; structuring a legal argument; responding to questions from the bench and persuading the judge. 

CPD Enrolment

Presenter: Dr Natalia Szablewska

Dr Szablewska is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law and Justice. She is regularly invited to judge at moot court competitions, including the Jessup International Law Moot Court, the Australian Law Students' Association and Australian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Court and the Telders International Law Moot Court. She is School?s Director of Mooting. She is on the Editorial Boards of International Journal of Refugee Law (OUP), Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies (Brill) and Studies in Public Law (AMU), and a popular blog on international law (Przeglad Prawa Miedzynarodowego).

International Business Negotiations (LAW72007)

Intensive dates: 2-5 December 2018; 6-9 December 2018 (two separate classes)

Time: 9.00am - 1.00pm

Location: Gold Coast campus

Unit Info:

Teaches students all about negotiations and transactional legal practice through a structured and simulated negotiation exercise. You will represent different international companies looking to work together to make use of new technologies. This unique, collaborative opportunity could come in the form of a joint venture, a licensing agreement or a long-term supply contract. All negotiations take place through written exchanges and live conversations.

CPD Enrolment

Presenter: Jay Finkelstein

Jay Finkelstein practices corporate and securities law, offering three decades of experience in international and domestic negotiated transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings, corporate structuring, general contractual relationships and general corporate law. Mr. Finkelstein is also a member of the adjunct faculties at Stanford, Berkeley and Georgetown law schools and has been teaching international business negotiations since 2003.

Information Environmentalism (LAW73049)

Intensive dates: 2-5 December 2018

Time: 2.00pm - 6.00pm

Location: Gold Coast campus

Unit Info:

In this unit, students delve into emergent ideas surrounding contemporary information regulation. You will identify parallels between environmental law frameworks that evolved in the 1970's, analysing the 21st century need for regulatory structures concerning the information environment. Four environmental analytical frameworks are canvassed: welfare economics, the commons, ecology and public choice theory. 

CPD Enrolment

Presenter: Dr Robert Cunningham

Throughout his professional career, Robert has engaged with the law in his capacity as both legal practitioner and academic.

As a legal practitioner his efforts have concentrated on the provision of legal information, court advocacy and education within Community Legal Centres and the not-for-profit sector. He currently practices as a barrister within Murray Chambers, specialising in Federal Court matters with a particular emphasis on corporate law litigation concerning directors' duties, market misconduct, disclosure and corporate contracting. He also works in intellectual property and international trade law. As part of his active interest in public interest advocacy, Robert provides legal advice and court advocacy to not-for-profit organisations and consumer protection advocates.

In academia Robert's pursuits have primarily focused on the manner in which the law interfaces with international trade, sustainability, corporate governance, and information regulation. He has published numerous academic journal articles and books, as both sole-author and co-author, primarily in the fields of corporate law, intellectual property and international trade law.

 Robert is the author of "Information Environmentalism: a governance framework for intellectual property rights" published by Edward Elgar. The book applies analytical frameworks derived from environmental theory to construct a governance framework for the regulation of information in the 21st century. Reviews of this work can be found in the Oxford University Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property and the Review of European & International Environmental Law. The book was summarily presented at an Australian Digital Alliance Conference at the National Library of Australia and it is also the subject of a presentation by Professor James Boyle from Duke University

Robert has been embedded within various universities as a research scholar including the University of New South Wales, Melbourne University, Australian National University, University of California (Berkley), New York Law School, and Queen Mary College (London).

Along with a PhD from the Australian National University, Robert holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Master of Laws (Hons), and a Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice from the University of Technology Sydney.

He currently teaches Corporations Law, Corporate Governance, and Professional Responsibility within the Curtin Law School; and International Commercial Law and World Trade Organisation Law at the Ghent Law School in Belgium.

Entertainment Law (LAW10166)

Intensive dates: 13-16 January 2019

Time: TBC

LocationSAE Byron Bay campus

Presented by Professor Bill Grantham, this unit introduces students to entertainment law, with an emphasis on music, film-related and media legal topics.  This unit will equip students with a basic understanding of legal and commercial issues surrounding the practice of entertainment law in the ever changing world of entertainment.

CPD Enrolment

Presenter: Professor Bill Grantham

International Human Rights (LAW10472)

Intensive dates: 17-19 January 2019

Time: TBC

LocationSAE Byron Bay campus

Unit Info:

This unit is designed for lawyers and students who have an interest in the means by which international human rights law is enforced. The emphasis is on illustrating how international human rights instruments are able to afford victims with remedies, both in the international domain, and via domestic courts. The comparative method will be used to illustrate how different jurisdictions have responded to the challenge of incorporating international human rights instruments into their respective domestic domains.

CPD Enrolment

PresenterDr Cristy Clark 

Dr Clark is a Lecturer at the Southern Cross University School of Law and Justice, where she teaches human rights, and competition and consumer law. Cristy has a BA/LLB from ANU and a Masters in International Social Development from UNSW. She did her PhD with the Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW on the human right to water, with a focus on the Mazibuko water rights case in South Africa and the privatisation of Manila’s water system in the Philippines. Her research continues to focus on the intersection of human rights, neoliberalism, activism and the environment.

Psychiatry, Psychology & the Law (LAW10207)

Intensive dates: 20-23 January 2019

Time: TBC

Location: GCB-B6.16 and GCB-B6.17 Gold Coast campus

Unit Info:

Provides students with an overview of the way law and judicial systems affect the individual and how various theories reflect on the process of internalisation of law. Introduces students to psychological and psychoanalytic theories to enable them to assess why some people internalise social prohibitions and other do not. Students will be encouraged to think critically about how psychoanalysis, psychology and psychiatry can help legal practitioners and assess how new studies in the domain of neuroscience contribute to legal reasoning.

CPD Enrolment

Presenter: Professor Renata Salecl

Professor Salecl is a Slovene philosopher, sociologist and legal theorist. She is the author of several books including The Tyranny of Choice, On Anxiety and The Spoils of Freedom. She is a founding member, with Mladen Dolar, Alenka Zupancic and Slavoj Zizek, of the now globally renowned ‘Slovenian School of Psychoanalysis’.

Advanced Sport Law (LAW30002)

Intensive dates: 20-23 January 2019  

Time: TBC

Location: Gold Coast campus

Unit Info:

This unit concentrates on current legal issues in sport and examines how the law attempts to resolve these issues. Students will investigate the application of the legal principles and practices in relation to sporting organisations and issues such as governance, dispute resolution, personal injury, contract, marketing and intellectual property and anti-doping in sport.

CPD Enrolment

Presenters: Tim Fuller and Andy Gibson


Further information


Gold Coast campus
Southern Cross Drive
Bilinga QLD 4225

SAE Byron Bay Campus


The southern Gold Coast and Byron Bay has a large range of accommodation options including bed and breakfasts, motels, home stays, guesthouses, apartments, youth hostels and backpacker inns.

Here are a few links as a starting point.


Gold Coast: Southern Cross University's Gold Coast campus is located beside the Gold Coast airport.

Byron Bay: The SAE Byron Bay Campus is a 5 minute drive from the Byron Bay CBD, a 30 minute drive from the Ballina/ Byron Gateway airport and 45 minutes from the Gold Coast airport.